1. Greenery will take center stage this year combining various textures and shades. Green is just as impactful as a garden filled with a rainbow of colorful flowers.
2. The Danish concept of hygge is one that is all about creating an atmosphere of coziness by embracing the simple pleasures of life. Homeowners are becoming more interested in holistic landscapes that promote well-being. Decorating with light, arranging seating for close-knit conversations, planting aromatic flowers, and adding a water feature to encourage mindfulness are a few ways to integrate hygge into landscapes. Get more enjoyment and fulfillment from your outdoor spaces.
3. More homeowners are investing in outdoor kitchens than ever before. Well beyond grilling stations and dining sets. Full scale kitchens marry the enjoyment of the outdoors with indoor conveniences. Keep in mind that weather plays a large part in this expression.
4. Landscapes for 2017 will feature the integration of several forms of hardscape materials. From pebble paths bookended with stone planters to wooden decks adorned with iron grates and railing, smart pairing of materials can create a less formal and more playful approach to landscapes.
5. The increased importance of pollinators to our ecosystem will inspire homeowners to develop gardens that attract vital honeybees, hummingbirds and butterflies. Native plantings are taking center stage in gardens to provide abundant, year-round nectar sources. Along with LED lighting, eco-friendly materials and edible greens, pollinator gardens are a reflection of homeowners continued interest in sustainable landscapes.
6. Through selective breeding of plants, turf grass seed producers have made advancements in developing cultivated grass varieties, or cultivars, that are designed to be smarter. Turf can better withstand the elements while still delivering an aesthetically beautiful and healthy lawn, making them especially desirable in drought-prone areas. Modern cultivars also enhance the environmental benefits of lawns, including the production of oxygen while the latest strides in irrigation technology help conserve water.
7. The commercial landscape industry pioneered “green roofs” atop skyscrapers. This year will see green roofs and living gardens in unexpected settings, such as ballpark restaurants or even double-decker buses. Homeowners are thinking above the ground level when it comes to their landscapes by incorporating more growing areas or even more pots to an advantage.
Susan woody has been a home and garden writer for more than 20 years and is a master gardener.